Experts for Leasehold Conveyancing in Waterbeach

While any conveyancing solicitor can theoretically handle your leasehold conveyancing in Waterbeach, your mortgage provider may not be willing to work with them if the firm are not on their list of approved solicitors for conveyancing

Waterbeach leasehold conveyancing: Q and A’s

Looking forward to complete next month on a basement flat in Waterbeach. Conveyancing lawyers have said that they will have a report out to me next week. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Waterbeach should include some of the following:

  • The physical extent of the demise. This will be the apartment itself but could also incorporate a roof space or basement if appropriate.
  • Defining your legal entitlements in relation to common areas in the block.E.G., does the lease include a right of way over an accessway or staircase?
  • Does the lease prohibit wood flooring?
  • Ground rent - how much and when you need to pay, and also know whether this is subject to change
  • You should have a good understanding of the insurance provisions
  • Changes to the flat (alterations and additions)
  • What options are open to you if a neighbour is in violation of a provision in their lease? For a comprehensive list of information to be contained in your report on your leasehold property in Waterbeach please ask your conveyancer in ahead of your conveyancing in Waterbeach

  • I today plan to offer on a house that seems to meet my requirements, at a reasonable figure which is making it more attractive. I have subsequently been informed that it's a leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Waterbeach. Conveyancing advisers have are soon to be instructed. Will they explain the issues?

    Most houses in Waterbeach are freehold and not leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area can assist with the conveyancing process. We note that you are buying in Waterbeach so you should seriously consider shopping around for a Waterbeach conveyancing practitioner and be sure that they are used to dealing with leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the number of years remaining. As a lessee you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease comes with conditions such as obtaining the freeholder’sconsent to conduct alterations. You may also be required to pay a service charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the property is located on an estate. Your solicitor will report to you on the legal implications.

    I am attracted to a two apartments in Waterbeach which have approximately 50 years left on the lease term. Should I regard a short lease as a deal breaker?

    A lease is a right to use the premises for a period of time. As a lease shortens the saleability of the lease decreases and results in it becoming more costly to extend the lease. This is why it is often a good idea to extend the lease term. It is often difficulties arise selling premises with a short lease because mortgage lenders may be unwilling to lend money on properties of this type. Lease extension can be a protracted process. We recommend you get professional help from a solicitor and surveyor with experience in this arena

    What are your top tips when it comes to finding a Waterbeach conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

    If you are instructing a property lawyer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Waterbeach conveyancing practice) it is most important that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We advise that you talk with several firms including non Waterbeach conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. Some following of questions might be of use:

    • If they are not ALEP accredited then why not?
  • What are the costs for lease extension conveyancing?

  • Completion in due on our sale of a £125000 apartment in Waterbeach next week. The freeholder has quoted £396 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and previous years service charge statements. Is the landlord entitled to charge an administration fee for a leasehold conveyance in Waterbeach?

    For the majority of leasehold sales in Waterbeach conveyancing will involve, questions about the management of a building inevitably needing to be answered directly by the freeholder or its agent, this includes :

    • Completing conveyancing due diligence questions
    • Where consent is required before sale in Waterbeach
    • Copies of the building insurance and schedule
    • Deeds of covenant upon sale
    • Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
    Your conveyancer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Waterbeach leasehold property is £350. For Waterbeach conveyancing transactions it is customary for the seller to pay for these costs. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. Neither is there any legal time frame by which they are required to supply answers.

    I own a 2 bed flat in Waterbeach, conveyancing formalities finalised 2003. Can you please calculate a probable premium for a statutory lease extension? Equivalent properties in Waterbeach with an extended lease are worth £255,000. The ground rent is £60 invoiced annually. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2078

    You have 56 years remaining on your lease we estimate the price of your lease extension to be between £28,500 and £33,000 plus plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.

    The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you a more accurate figure without more detailed investigations. You should not use this information in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There are no doubt other issues that need to be taken into account and you obviously want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not move forward placing reliance on this information without first getting professional advice.

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